In winter it gets very muddy. Trail follows road first segment. Excellent views of the coast once you reach the top. Saw a herd of elk. Had to turn back the last mile due to wind chill and mud. Best to do in the summer. Parking is free but good to donate anyway.
The hike was really fun and easy to navigate through, even with the foggy weather rolling in towards the end of our hike. My girlfriend and I chose this hike because it was close to Lincoln City and relatively a short hike for us; a great couple's hike. The views of the coast line was awesome until the fog came in with a slight drizzle of rain, so we had to head back. It was a nice little workout to the top and I would recommend this hike to anyone, just plan to check the weather before you go.
WOW. What an amazing hike. I would rate this a more moderate hike. Coming back up was a bit difficult but thats about it. So if you are a bit uncertain about going because it is rated as hard (like I was) do it anyways! The view is soooooo worth it. :)